Mesothelioma Help

Most people who develop mesothelioma are entitled to compensation. We are a law firm that specialises in obtaining compensation for people with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases in all states of Australia.

Tanya Segelov is a leading mesothelioma compensation lawyer with more than 25 years experience in acting for claimants. We act on a "No Win, No Fee" basis in all mesothelioma claims.

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Most people with mesothelioma can make a claim at common law. A common law claim is a claim in court for lump sum compensation. A claim is commenced by filing a Statement of Claim in court.

All States have developed specialised processes to deal with mesothelioma claims. In New South Wales claims are filed in the Dust Diseases Tribunal, a specialist court which has special rules of evidence and procedure to expedite claims. In other States, claims are brought in special lists in the Supreme Court or District Court to ensure that the needs of people with mesothelioma are addressed.

Most claims are brought against a former employer, manufacturer of asbestos products or an occupier of a building. If the employer no longer exists a claim can be made against the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.

In all States matters proceed to a pre-trial or court appointed settlement conference or a mediation to see if the matter can be resolved prior to the hearing.

Most claims settle at mediation or after mediation but before the trial. If a matter proceeds to hearing, then in most jurisdictions evidence in chief can be given by way of Affidavit. If you are not well enough to travel, then your evidence will be taken at your home or hospital.

The courts will do everything possible to finish a claim in your lifetime. However, if you die before your claim is finished then provided the claim was filed in court in your lifetime, the claim can be continued by your estate at full value.

If you were exposed to asbestos during the course of employment in New South Wales, then you can make a claim at common law as well as receive a pension and have your medical and other expenses paid by the Dust Diseases Authority.

Book a Free Case Assessment

Start the compensation process by arranging a free case assessment.

In the free initial case assessment we will obtain general information and provide preliminary advice on whether we believe you are likely to have a claim for compensation, the value of any claim and our costs in the event you were to instruct us.

The case assessment is usually via phone (we will call you at the arranged time) or by video conference (such as Zoom or Teams).

There is no cost associated with this case assessment, nor any obligation to instruct us in your matter.

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Tanya Segelov

Tanya Segelov is one of Australia’s leading mesothelioma compensation lawyers.  She has acted for hundreds of people with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases over the last 25 years in all states and territories of Australia.  She is consistently ranked as a leader in the area by other lawyers.

Tanya acted for the asbestos campaigner, the late Bernie Banton in both his claims against James Hardie and obtaining the first verdict against James Hardie on behalf of a person suffering from mesothelioma exposed to asbestos during home renovations.

Since establishing Segelov Taylor Lawyers in 2016, Tanya has been responsible for several ground breaking cases including:

  • Obtaining the highest award for general damages ever made by a judge in a mesothelioma case in Australia
  • The first mesothelioma case to ran to judgment in Western Australia for over 15 years
  • Establishing the entitlement of a person with mesothelioma whose wife had dementia to obtain compensation for the cost of caring for their wife.

Obtain a Mesothelioma Compensation Information Kit

We provide a free Information Kit about compensation options for people with mesothelioma.

The kit contains information about the processes for obtaining compensation, likely costs and the amount of compensation available. As the law changes depending on which State a person was exposed to asbestos in, information about every State is provided.

There is no cost for requesting the kit. All details provided will remain confidential.

The kit can be provided to parent, spouse or loved one who has mesothelioma and is considering making a compensation claim.

We can send the kit by mail or email. If you have any questions about the kit please contact us on 1800 430 855. Please fill out this form to receive your kit.
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Common Questions

Courts in all states in Australia generally expedite all mesothelioma claims. 

The claims can be completed very quickly, particularly when the plaintiff is very sick.  In some cases, claims have been started and finished within a week. 

When normal expedition applies, claims usually take between three and six months to complete after the claim is filed. 

  1. The first step is to meet with Tanya or David who will take a detailed history, including as to where you were exposed to asbestos and provide you some initial advice.  We will provide a costs disclosure and some authorities enabling us to obtain detailed information.
  2. We will then conduct some further enquiries to confirm the diagnosis and more more information about who may be liable.  We will provide detailed advice on a claim and may seek your instructions to begin a common law claim (the process in Qld is slightly different as a Workcover claim will usually be made at this stage). 
  3. If you so instruct, we will commence proceedings on your behalf .  At this stage, the general damages are protected for the benefit of your estate.
  4. There will be a process of further investigations, and information exchange with the defendant.  This process is different in each state.
  5. We will put an offer to the other side to settle the claim.
  6. The matter will proceed to a settlement conference, also known as a mediation.  Most matters settle at or around this time, although if they do not, they can settle at any later stage as well.
  7. If your matter does not settle at or around mediation, your claim will proceed to a court hearing.  Following a hearing the judge will issue a judgment as to liability and the amount of compensation to be paid.

Provided the claim has been commenced in your lifetime, full damages are available. 

Historically, a claim needed to be completed in a person’s lifetime to recover damages for pain and suffering which is usually the most significant part of a claim.  However, the law has been changed over the last 15-30 years in all states so that as long as proceedings are filed in your lifetime, rights are preserved.  Your estate can continue your claim and recover damages for pain and suffering and loss of expectation of life.  The entitlement to some compensation, primarily future economic loss may be affected. 

We act on a “no win/no fee” basis which means we will only recover our fees if you are successful in your claim. 

You will not be charged any money up front. We will pay all of the disbursements incurred in litigating your claim and we will recover the disbursements and our costs billed on a time basis at the successful completion of your claim.  

The defendant will normally pay most (70-80%) of the legal costs as part of a settlement or following a judgment.

We will issue a costs disclosure as soon as possible after taking instructions.  The disclosure will set out our estimate of likely fees.  Please see our article on fees in mesothelioma claims below.

A common law claim is a claim in a court for lump sum compensation. A claim is normally brought against a former employer, occupier of a building or manufacturer of asbestos products. For a person suffering from mesothelioma or lung cancer a claim usually takes 3 to 6 months to complete but can proceed more quickly if required. 

All States have developed specialised processes to deal with dust diseases claims. In Victoria and South Australia there are special lists of the Supreme and District Court to ensure they are dealt with expeditiously.  In New South Wales, a specialist court known as the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales has special rules of evidence and procedure to expedite mesothelioma and other dust disease claims. 

Icare is the NSW Workers Compensation authority, and is relevant only if you were exposed to asbestos as a worker in NSW. Part of Icare is known as icare dust diseases and provides compensation for people with mesothelioma who have been exposed to asbestos in the course of employment in New South Wales. ICare used to be known as the Dust Diseases Authority, and before that, for many years, as the Dust Diseases Board. 

There is no corresponding body in any other state. The workers compensation authorities in Queensland and Tasmania are relevant where exposure has occurred as a worker in those states, and the DVA is relevant where exposure occurred in the armed services. 

Icare compensation is in the form of fortnightly pension payments as well as paying all related medical, hospital, pharmaceutical, nursing and other expenses. f you die as a result of a dust disease your dependant may also be eligible for a lump sum payment and an ongoing pension.  Your estate will also receive funeral expenses of p to $15,000.00.  

An application to the icare is an administrative process and is separate and in addition to a claim at common law. 

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Yes.  That is one of the things that is ordinarily compensated.

As part of a common law claim a court will award reasonable medical expenses.  A recent decision in a Segelov Taylor matter in the Supreme Court of Western Australia confirmed that new forms of treatment for mesothelioma as prescribed by the treating oncologist were reasonable and the defendant was ordered to pay for the cost of the treatment which amounted to $60,000.00. 

People who are entitled to a benefit from Icare (where exposure was as a worker in NSW) is accepted are able to claim the cost of treatments recommended by a treating oncologist. 

While the law is different in different states, all Australian states have amended the law so that there is no time limit in which to commence a claim. However, in order to recover damages for pain and suffering and loss of expectation of life, the claim must be commenced in the person’s lifetime. 

Your entitlement to bring a claim arises from where you were exposed to asbestos, not where you now live.  We have acted for many clients who have moved from Australia and have lived in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece, and other countries when they have developed mesothelioma. 

We maintain relationships with lawyers in many countries which enables us to effectively represent overseas based clients. 

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Your entitlement to bring a claim arises from where you were exposed to asbestos, not where you now live.  We have acted for many Australian migrants who develop mesothelioma and who lived in the United Kingdom and other countries where they were exposed to asbestos.  

We maintain relationships with lawyers in many countries which enables us to effectively represent these clients. 

Exposure to asbestos can have occurred in a wide variety of settings – both at work and outside work.  We are expert at working with a client to identify possible periods of exposure, and then locating witnesses and other evidence that can confirm and corroborate exposure. 

In order to bring a claim, we need to identify exposure to asbestos.  On many occasions we have been able to locate and prove exposure to asbestos that caused disease notwithstanding the client’s initial instructions being that they could not recall any exposure. 

For more information see our article Working out where you were exposed to asbestos. 

You can claim compensation.

From a legal perspective, the answer is that each exposure caused the disease. Expert evidence accepted by Courts in Australia is that each exposure that is not de minimis (A legal term meaning too small to be meaningful or taken into consideration) and which occurred in the latency period (at least 10 –20 years prior to exposure) is a cause of any mesothelioma which later develops.

The expert evidence accepted by the Court is the “single fibre theory,” the theory that there was one fibre that caused the disease, is wrong. Instead, the disease is caused by the cumulative effect of all exposures. 

If you have been exposed in multiple places you can obtain full compensation by suing in respect of any of the places you were exposed. You cannot ‘double-dip’ and sue for a second place of exposure. Typically, “cross-claims” will occur if you have been exposed at multiple places, which operates to share the costs of compensation among the defendants.  

Icare compensation and common law claims are provide different compensation.  

Almost everyone who receives compensation from icare Dust Disease Care would be entitled to additional compensation by way of a common law claim. These claims do not impact or reduce the icare benefit and are generally worth significantly more than the icare benefit. 

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Testimonials

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Myself and my husband would like to thank Tanya and Gabriele for their personal service in dealing with my husband’s case during 2021. From the moment of our contact with your office the liaison has been excellent. Tanya travelled to our home which is a 3 hour trip and sat down one on one to discuss our case. My husband’s diagnosis of Mesothelioma was a shock and thankfully for us all the strain was removed from by Tanya and Gabriele in dealing with the case which thankfully was successful. This enabled us to carry on with my husband's treatment to hopefully give him some quality of life for whatever time he has left. Once again thank you both for your support and we would recommend you to anyone in need of good, efficient and understanding lawyer.
JM & LM
When my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March last year, we were shocked. He then told me that the places he worked as a young plumbing apprentice over 40 years ago were surrounded by an asbestos environment. There were many companies he worked for at that time that had absolutely no protection for inhaling & being covered in asbestos. After a few months of discussion, we decided that this may be worth investigating for compensation. We currently live in New Zealand and had no idea who to contact in Sydney. I googled and found Segelov Taylor Lawyers. We were so delighted that Tanya Segelov took up our case and advised us that our case was strong. Tanya was able to find the insurance company from one on the firms that my husband had worked for 40 years ago. Due to extensive work and investigation by Tanya, in March, my husband received amazing compensation. Although the prognosis is not great, his compensation makes up for all the worry and expense that is related to his condition and we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome with grateful thanks to Tanya.
GD
Thank you again for your dedication and hard work on this case for us. Because of your experience and wisdom Mum is now able to afford the very best care in the last phase of her life and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
LC
My father thanks you a lot and I also thank you for making this process smooth. With your encouragement and trust, you were able to get him much more. He still doesn’t believe it, but hopefully when he sees his balance in his bank account, it will sink in. Thanks again.
MK
I am a client of the Law Firm, SEGELOV TAYLOR and I am impressed by the professionalism shown by that firm, as they recently represented me in an action relating to a claim for workers’ compensation. I am extremely satisfied with their attention to detail, regular feedback and prompt response to questions that I put to them. Tanya (who acted for me in this case), was extremely helpful in all aspects of the proceedings, and patient with me if I was unsure of a certain point. SEGELOV TAYLOR achieved an extremely satisfactory outcome for me. I would be pleased to recommend SEGELOV TAYLOR to any prospective client.
MK
At a devastating time in my life I met Tanya Segelov. My husband had just been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. My husband and I both understood the need of a solicitor who understood the nature of the disease and legislation of the NSW government and the departments involved in this process. Luckily I noticed an article in the daily telegraph reporting the story of a woman's fight for justice and triumph for her husband who had suffered from a work related asbestos disease. Tanya Segelov was her solicitor. I rang Segelov Taylor and advised how ill my husband was. Tanya visited him next day at home and clearly explained all rights we were entitled too. Plus the procedures involved with government and the Dust Disease Board. Unfortunately nearly all of Tanya's business relations were involved in a hospital situation with my husband. Sympathy, compassion and professional integrity were displayed by Tanya and her staff at all times. My husband passed away only six weeks after diagnosis. Through this terrible time Tanya never shirked her duty of care to me and obtained excellent outcomes for my family and I. I can wholeheartedly recommend Tanya Segelov and her team to anyone with a dust related illness as I truly do not know how I would have coped without her knowledge, compassion and assistance.
SB
I wish to express my appreciation for the assistance and support that was provided by your firm in settling my recent claim. I was very impressed at our first meeting with the time taken to explain the process. This allowed me to submit my version of events, freely and without any form of prompting. I would like to mention a special thank you to Kristy-Lee for the ongoing support that she provided in keeping me updated on how the case was proceeding and for the provision of relevant correspondence. I am very pleased with the outcome and have no hesitation in referring others to your firm, for support in your areas of expertise. I also intend visiting the online site to express my gratitude. Thank you once again and I hope your firm has ongoing success in the support provided to clients.
XC
Dear Tanya RE SEGELOV TAYLOR LAWYERS- DUST DISEASES CLAIM FOR MESOTHELIOMA I just want to thank you very much for representing Serge in his Dust Diseases Claim. Although this journey isn't a very happy one, we very much appreciate your guidance during the course of the claim. We were very impressed with the way you handled the case from the very beginning when everything was very raw and we were still in shock and disbelief that he had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. As he was still recovering from an operation, your home visits made our appointments with you so much easier. Serge is very happy with the outcome and settlement of the claim and also wanted to pass on his thanks. We would definitely recommend Segelov Taylor Lawyers to anyone who needed your expertise in the areas that you practice. Once again, many thanks
KL

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